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CWA - Championship Wrestling Association (1977-1987)
When Jerry Jarrett spearheaded an exodus from Nick Gulas' Nashville-based office, he basically killed that company off in the Memphis and used his connections to seize the market he had been running. Jarrett went to the third-rated TV station and promised to bring in the hottest show and proven media personalities (announcer/program director Lance Russell and announcer/weatherman Dave Brown) that would make Channel 13 the top station in Memphis - it worked. Jarrett erected a new company with the same stars, same style and same appeal. It was sometimes referred to as "Mid-Southern Wrestling," but "Jarrett Promotions, Inc." was the true name. The promotion had one of the most celebrated regional television shows that aired every Saturday morning and they established Memphis as a pro-wrestling hotbed. When Vince McMahon and the WWF began moving toward a national product, the CWA became a key member in the formation of "Pro Wrestling USA" along with the AWA, World Class, Georgia Championship Wrestling, Jim Crockett Promotions and other NWA promotions in an attempt to ruin McMahon. Ultimately, the Crocketts pulled out and the AWA tried to seize the glory. After this, Jerry Lawler began co-promoting with Jarrett in 1987 and the company began changing to deal with the new world of pro-wrestling. 


Bob Armstrong
Norvell Austin
Jerry Blackwell
Nick Bockwinkel
Bobo Brazil
Cactus Jack
Scott Casey
Dennis Condrey
Jim Cornette [Manager]
Al Costello [Manager]
Paul E. Dangerously [Manager]
Dick the Bruiser
James J. Dillion [Manager]
"Superstar" Bill Dundee
Bobby Eaton
Cowboy Bob Ellis
The Fabulous Freebirds
Fabulous Ones
Wayne Ferris
Masa Fuchi
Robert Fuller
Dory Funk Jr.
Terry Funk
Doug Furnas
Jim Garvin [Manager]
"Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert
Jimmy Golden
Terry Gordy
"Superstar" Billy Graham
Mike Graham
Grappler #1 (Len Denton)
Grappler #2 (Tony Anthony)
The Great Senshe (Shinya Hashimoto)
Great Togo
Al Greene [Manager]
Gypsy Joe
Jimmy Hart [Manager]
Michael Hayes
Curt Hennig
Phil Hickerson
Austin Idol
Jerry Jarrett
Rocky Johnson
Steve Keirn
Killer Karl Krupp
Jerry "The King" Lawler
Jos Leduc
Dutch Mantell
Mongolian Stomper
Sputnik Monroe [Manager]
The Moondogs
Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs & Jerry Saggs)
Mr. Onita
King Parsons
Harley Race
Tommy Rich
Sylvester Ritter (Junkyard Dog)
Rock-N-Roll Express
Buddy Roberts
Bob Roop
Randy Savage
Dick Slater
Jake Smith Jr. (Jake Roberts)
Kevin Sullivan
Terry Taylor
Lou Thesz
Jimmy Valiant
Kerry Von Erich
Koko Ware
Buddy Wayne
Ken Wayne
Mr. Wrestling II
Ron Wright [Manager]
Tojo Yamamoto



CWA - Continental Wrestling Association (1987-1989)
In 1987, Jarrett and Lawler began running Memphis together. Lawler had been a big draw for over a decade and seemed to have the potential to anchor a national product in their eyes. While the WWF and the Crocketts' NWA were establishing themselves as national products, the remaining companies were battling for their regions. After the Pro Wrestling USA debacle of 1986, a second attempt occurred in 1988. When their major pay-per-view show, SuperClash III, tanked, the problems began again. AWA's Verne Gagne lied about the numbers to his fellow promoters and they forced him out. World Class was on its last legs, so Jarrett organized a merger to secure their talent and market. 


Tony Anthony
Bam Bam Bigelow
Jerry Blackwell
Blade Runners (Rock & Flash)
Cactus Jack
Nick Bockwinkel
Wendell Cooley
Colonel DeBeers
Bill Dundee
Eric Embry
Fabulous Ones (Stan Lane & Steve Keirn)
Manny Fernandez
Wayne Ferris
Tatsumi Fujinami
Robert Fuller
Dory Funk Jr.
Greg Gagne
Jim Garvin
Ronnie Garvin
Doug Gilbert
Jimmy Golden
Mike Graham
The Great Kokina (Yokozuna)
The Great Senshe (Shinya Hashimoto)
Chavo Guerrero
Scott Hall
Michael Hayes
Austin Idol
Bobby Jaggers
Kamala
Buddy Landell
Jerry Lawler
Lord Humoungous (Sid Eudy)
Dutch Mantell
"Chief" Wahoo McDaniel
Shawn Michaels
Sputnik Monroe [Manager]
Ricky Morton
Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs & Jerry Sags)
King Parsons
Tommy Rich
Buddy Roberts
Rock-N-Roll Express
Sgt. Slaughter
Tracy Smothers
"Superfly" Jimmy Snuka
Terry Taylor
Jimmy Valiant
Kerry Von Erich
Kevin Von Erich
Buddy Wayne
Ken Wayne
Roy Lee Welch
Tojo Yamamoto



USWA - United States Wrestling Association (1989-1997)
In 1989, Jerry Jarrett merged the CWA and WCCW to create the USWA. He ran two separate offices - one in Dallas (he in fact used the "World Class" name for a while longer) and the other remaining in Memphis. The Memphis office continued as it had and they tried to restore Dallas to its former glory. They had a decent pool of talent, but problems between Jarrett and the Von Erichs led him to pull out of the region in 1990, leaving only the memories of World Class's glory days in the early 1980s. The USWA in Memphis continued and Jarrett aligned himself with Vince McMahon soon after. Jarrett would have held the fort down for McMahon if he would have gone to prison during the steroid trial in 1991. In 1993, the two companies began a talent exchange that included Jerry Lawler joining the WWF. In 1996, Jarrett sold his assets to Lawler, who ended up with major legal problems when businessmen Larry Burton and Mark Selker disputed claims on the USWA. This forced the company to go under in 1997. 


Tony Anthony
"Stunning" Steve Austin
Matt Borne
Chris Candido
Flex Cavana (The Rock)
Jim Cornette
Tommy Dreamer
Bill Dundee
Eric Embry
The Fabulous Ones
Robert Fuller
Terry Funk
Terry Garvin
Doug Gilbert
Eddie Gilbert
El Grande Pistolero (Gypsy Joe)
Owen Hart
Billy Jack Haynes
Willie B. Hert (Pez Whatley)
Ausin Idol
Kamala
Steve Keirn
Junkyard Dog
Buddy Landell
Jerry Lawler
Dutch Mantell
The Moondogs
Ricky Morton
Dr. Tom Pritchard
The Punisher (The Undertaker)
PY Chu Hi (Phil Hickerson)
Razor Ramon
Tommy Rich
The Sandman
Tracy Smothers
The Tazmaniac
Jimmy Valiant
Koko B. Ware

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